Friday, May 15, 2009

Closing Time

"Time for you to go out, go out into the world."

I have found the Technology Tapas to be very interesting. I learned a lot about different Web 2.0 sites that I have never used before and some I had never even heard of. With this age of ever changing technology that we live in, I find it hard to stay current with the different sites and programs available. Tech Tapas allowed me to experience many new and different sites which allowed me to learn so much!

Now that I know how to use Bloglines and Delicious, I hope to continue to use them as a resource along some of the other sites we learned. I also hope to keep expanding my Web 2.0 exploration and learn even more of what there is to offer. Hopefully this is just the beginning!

I think this was a great program that Bob and Andrea developed and love to take part in something like this again in the future. Well done!

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end..."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Two peas in a podcast

I think podcasts are a nice idea. It is a great way to get information out there for anyone who would want to hear or watch it. The one thing I find with myself, though, with podcasts is that I find I stop paying attention. If it is too long, I get distracted by something else and then I have no idea what happened in the podcast.

Regarding libraries, though, podcasts are an ideal tool for book reviews, events at the library or any other discussions. With working at The Library for the Blind and Handicapped, using a podcast for something like that may be very beneficial to our patrons. As long as they have Internet access, they could go to our website to hear the latest podcast book review or any other news at our library rather than wait for it to be sent home in the mail. They would be able to access the information much faster and we could get the information out faster, as well.

The wheels are turning now...!

P.S. Here is the link to my Bloglines account with my new podcast additions: The Great Read Radio Show and The Library Channel -

You and I Both

"See I'm all about them words
Over numbers, unencumbered numbered words
Hundreds of pages, pages, pages forwards
More words than I had ever heard and I feel so alive"

I have used You Tube before and find it be a very useful and fun tool. It allows you to do so much (I can even use it on my phone!) and see so much. Because of all these possibilities, it was hard for me to decide which video to choose to post about. Therefore, I chose a video by one of my most favorite artists, Jason Mraz.

If you have never heard Jason Mraz before, well you should check him out. If you have heard of him, you probably only know his more popular songs, "I'm Yours" or "The Remedy". If you are like me, you have heard, and know, just about every song he has ever performed or written...yes, I am a fanatic!

With that in mind, I thought I would share this video of one of my favorite songs by him. It was released as a single and got some radio play several years ago, but it did not take off as much as "The Remedy" or "I'm Yours". What is really neat with this video, though, is that it is from a show he did in Korea. That is the beauty with You Tube and all these other Web 2.0 tools. When would we have EVER been able to see something from Korea at the touch of a button say 15-20, even 10 years ago!

It is something to think about implementing into libraries. Story hours or other special events can be filmed and posted to library website. Then, if someone was unable to make it to that event, but really wanted to go, could watch what he or she missed.

It can also be a new way to advertise or a way for library patrons to get creative about why they love their library. There are any different possibilities that can be done. The only limitations are ones imagination.

With that, enjoy this video of Jason Mraz singing "You and I Both" with an introduction of "Nobody Likes Me".

"well I'm almost finally...out of words."

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"I wanna turn the whole thing upside down"

Another View
Originally uploaded by chaddlinpf
"And as the surface breaks reflections fade"

I have heard so much about Flickr but I have never actually used it. I am not sure why, though. I just took a look at it for the fist time and went through the Learn More tour and found it to have some very interesting features. I think part of the reason I haven't used it yet is because I use other sites for sharing photos. The sites that I use, though, seem to not have as many features as Flickr does so perhaps Flickr will be my next site to try.

I feel like I am picture junkie and I LOVE to snap photos wherever I go. In fact, I am usually the only one who has a camera with her (I even have one in my purse as I type...) and am usually responsible for sharing the pictures with everyone. Flickr may be the best way to quickly get the photos out to everyone.

While looking around Flickr, I came across this photo. When I take pictures, my favorite subject is nature. I love taking scenic shots, especially beach scenes. What I like about this picture is the angle at which it was shot. The focal point is the top right corner and I love that! Every other picture (including ones I have shot myself) usually have a main focal point of dead center. Eventually that gets boring and I love that this photographer has taken liberties as to where the focal point is. I love the texture it creates and the depth that is formed. Even the colors blend from darker to brighter. It is a different view of the "every day" ocean shot, as if it were taken while lying down on the beach.

Perhaps soon I will be able to attempt a similar photo....

"There's no stoppin' curiosity"

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Everyone should play in the sand...

A sand box is a fun place to be and that is what this sand box was for me!

I just finished adding my blog to the Favorites Blog on the NJSL Technology Tapas Wiki. I have to say that I struggled with this. I am not sure what I was doing wrong, but every time I added my URL, it would not convert it to a link. I tried doing it without the brackets and then all of a sudden it worked. I am not sure why or how, but it did so I will stop asking questions.

I think the idea of Wikis is a great one. To me, it reminds me of one giant chat room where people can post whatever they want on the subject. It is a great way to stay in touch with friends and even try to organize an event. Everyone can input their ideas right to this site for all to see and then decide from there what would be best.

It is great for work as it allows multiple users to edit and add information. Like with the Technology Tapas Wiki, you can have book reviews, talk about the best (and worst) vacation destinations. You can discuss music (which I contributed to :) ) or the latest movies.

Wikis are just a great way to stay in touch and to stay current and connected. Now that I feel better about using the site (I did NOT like it AT ALL when I first tried to post simply because I couldn't figure it out!), I think it is a great tool to have and to use, either professionally or personally...or both!

Monday, May 11, 2009

It's Wiki, Wiki, Wiki, Wiki

This speech is my recital, I think it's very vital, To rock a rhyme, that's right on time, It's Wiki is the title, here we go...

Wiki's are an amazing thing. They allow the public to create and edit the information posted. There really is not much out there that gives that much control to the users. It's nice to know we have a say!

While looking at some of the Wiki's for other libraries, I started thinking of how they could be useful. GRPL has links to music, books, movies, research, and more for both adults and kids. The Bull Run Library had their OCLC information on the site. These would be great things to include for our patrons especially if online access is the easiest way to get information. All that information in spot!

The one thing that I feel needs to be paid close attention to, though, is the use of the scroll bar on the site. The only way you scroll left to right on the Bull Run Library site is you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to move it over to read the last few words. I don't think it is the easiest system so I would be very conscience about that if creating a Wiki.

What I think is most ideal about a Wiki is the speed and potential ease of posting things to it. You can keep it updated with all the different events happening at your library and put different resources to community and state events and information. You can be as creative as you want with it. It's an ideal "quick fix".

It's Wiki, Wi-Wi Wiki!

Rockin' Robin

"All the little birdies on Jaybird Street, Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet"

I decided for this post to explore the phenomenon know as Twitter. Everyone all over is talking about Twitter and I just wanted to know what all the hype is over. So I joined. I don't get it! I read all the information on the site, I tried to do it, but it is just not clicking for me. I wanted to give this site a shot because I thought it may be a valuable resource for the library. It would be free advertising and also a way for us to stay connected to our patrons. I am just very much trying to figure out the site. Maybe I did not spend enough time with it yet, but each time I am on it, I become more and more confused. I need to sit down with someone who knows what they are doing on this and have them teach me. I think that is the only way I will learn. Reading through all the information and trying to do it myself is not working so I will have to try something else.

I am waiting for that "Ah-ha!" moment....